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Why onion and garlic are avoided during Navratri? Know the science behind it

During Navratri, often people give up eating onion and garlic for nine days. But do you know why? There are both mythological and scitific reasons behind it. Continue readin to know onion and garlic are avoided during Navratri.

Written by: India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi Published on: April 06, 2022 12:42 IST
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Navratri 2022: The auspicious nine days of Navratri are underway and many Hindu devotees will be observing fast during the festival. During these nine days many also give up on onions and garlic. During the entire course of Navratri, many Hindus refrain from eating onions, garlic and non-vegetarian food. But do you know the reason why onions and garlic are not earten during fast? There is mythologic and scientific reason behind this:

Why onions and garlic are forbidden during fast? Mythological reason

According Hindu religion, food has been classified into three categories-

- Raajasic Food 

- Taamasic Food

- Saatvik Food.

Those who seek spiritual enlightenment are advised to stay away from Rajasic and Tamasic food as they evoke carnal desires and increase mental lethargy. Onions are also said to produce heat in the body. Therefore, they are avoided during the Navratri fasts. Onion along with garlic is also known as 'Rajogini' that refers to substances that make one lose grip over their instincts, making it difficult to distinguish between your desires and priorities.

The science behind avoiding onion and garlic

On the other hand, there is a scientific reason for avoiding onion, garlic and non-vegetarian food as well. Navratri falls around the months of March and April which usually mark the transition period of the weather. It is said that during this time of seasonal change, our immunity tends to decline and switching to light saatvik food that does not burden your digestive system helps. Eating saatvik food may also help in keeping away from toxins that may result in greasy, heavy or unhealthy food, and eventually cleanses our body of all impurities.

Food you can eat during Navratri fast

Flours and Grains 

  • Buckwheat flour (Kuttu Ka Atta) 
  • Water chestnut flour (Singhade Ka Atta) 
  • Amaranth flour (Rajgira Ka Atta) 
  • Barnyard millet flour (Sama Ke Chawal Ka Atta) 
  • Barnyard millet (Sama Ke Chawal) 
  • Arrowroot flour 

Spices and herbs you can consume during Navratri

  • Cumin 
  • Black pepper 
  • Rock salt 
  • Green cardamom 
  • Cloves 
  • Black peppercorns 
  • Nutmeg 
  • Dried pomegranate seeds 
  • Ginger 
  • Green chilli 
  • Lemons 
  • Carom seeds 
  • Dry mango powder 
  • Red chilli powder 
  • Coriander and mint leaves
  • Curry leaves 

Vegetables to eat during Navratri

  • Potato 
  • Pumpkin 
  • Sweet potato
  • Colocasia
  • Yam
  • Raw banana
  • Raw or semi-ripe papaya
  • Tomatoes

Apart from these, you can also eat fruits, lotus seeds, dry fruits, sabudana, dairy products, sugar, honey, jaggery, tamarind, coconut milk and oil, melon seeds, peanuts and groundnut oil.


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